Sheila Essey Award Presented at American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting

April 22, 2015

Earlier today in Washington, D.C. at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting, the Academy and The ALS Association awarded the 2015 Sheila Essey Award to Robert P. Bowser, Ph.D., from Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, and Adriano Chio, M.D., F.A.A.N., from the University of Turin, Italy. The $50,000 prize is given to continue ALS research.

The award recognizes significant research contributions in the search for the cause, prevention of and cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of neurologist with more than 12,000 attendees and more than 2,500 scientific presentations on the latest research advances in brain disease.

Read more about the award and researchers work here in a press release issued last month when the winners were announced.

Funding of the award is made possible because of the generosity of The Essey Family Fund, through The ALS Association Golden West Chapter, in memory of Sheila Essey, who battled ALS for 10 years and died from the disease in 2004. Richard Essey, Sheila's husband, served as a National Trustee of The ALS Association and is one of the founders of the Greater Bay Area Chapter, now the Golden West Chapter.

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